Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Why Harlequin IS The Place To Be

I was working with a couple of my authors recently and I started to realize something. I think I knew it all along but it suddenly hit me. Working with the authors and the editors at Harlequin ROCKS!!!! Now don't get me wrong. I love working with a lot of other publishers and editors out there, but there is simply something that I think a lot of writers fail to see when they are looking at this company.

Let's start first with the authors. These people are true authors. They write for the joy of writing. They love storytelling. They know that success in this company is going to take time and they are willing to work and wait for it. Yes, the money is nice, but to these authors, the writing really does come first.

Now let's talk about the editors. I have not found an editor yet within the Harlequin system that doesn't know what they are talking about. They are beyond knowledgeable about what goes into a great story and they know how to provide the right guidance to their authors to make it a great piece of writing. Whenever I talk to an editor, they always seem to refer to their authors really as family members. Even when they move on to work with other lines, they still watch over "their" authors.

As far as a business model and publicity, again, I love the Harlequin model. Right after that last financial crash, it is interesting to note that Harlequin continued to make money. They knew how to maintain sales and do so without sacrificing signing new authors or cutting programs. They work to make sure their authors are selling and don't just rely on wishful thinking or catalogue sales. They are beyond proactive in terms of making sure their authors are seen and noticed.

Now, while many my "poo poo" the company and the writers, those involved with the company no better. all I can say is, I applaud the company, the editors and certainly the writers. This is also the reason why I am committed to finding the great writers out there interested in making this career move.



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  2. I totally agree. I worked with Harlequin Worldwide Mystery to do the reprints on my two amateur sleuth books. I couldn't have asked for a nicer or more efficient team on everything from cover art to contract questions.

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  4. I've always been a huge fan of reading Harlequin. I've heard some say they are cookie cutter stories, but if they are then apparently everyone loves their recipe for cookies. They are fun to read, well written and easy to carry in your purse...lol.

    I grew up with a group of girls that read these by the bag full, and we all still do.

    Now my hope is to write for them, while I continue to read them. I've heard they are a great company and it would be an honor to be in their family.

    Thanks for your post, it just reconfirms my determination!